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NCAA First Four Game Notes: North Carolina Central takes on sharpshooting North Dakota State

GAME NOTES WRITTEN BY & COURTESY OF NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL SPORTS INFORMATION

 

 

 

 

 

DURHAM, N.C. – North Carolina Central University’s men’s basketball program will make its third consecutive appearance in the NCAA Tournament at UD Arena in Dayton, Ohio against North Dakota State on Wednesday, March 20 in the First Four.  The winner moves on to face No. 1 seed Duke in Columbia, South Carolina on Friday, March 22.

GAME NOTES
2019 NCAA Tournament
North Carolina Central (18-15, 10-6 MEAC)
Vs.
North Dakota State (18-15, 9-7 Summit)
Wednesday, March 20, 2019 – 6:40 p.m.
UD Arena – Dayton, Ohio
TV: truTV
Audio: WestwoodOne
Stats: NCAA.com

Complete Game Notes (PDF)

STARTING FIVE:
1. NCCU has one NCAA Division-II National Championship, defeating Southeast Missouri State 73-45 in 1989.
2. NCCU is 15-4 at the MEAC Tournament under Coach Moton with four titles.
3. NCCU is 60-6 when leading with five minutes remaining since the 2016-17 season.
4. NCCU has shot over 50 percent from the floor 13 times this season.
5. NCCU has made 10 or more threes in a game eight times this season.

SCOUTING THE BISON
North Dakota State enters the NCAA Tournament as the champions of the Summit League, winning its title game 73-63 over Omaha.  The Bison finished fourth in their league with a 9-7 conference mark, and have an identical overall record with NCCU of 18-15.  NDSU is led by Summit League Tournament MVP Vinnie Shahid who chipped in 22 points in the title game.  Over the season, he leads the squad in scoring with 12.8 points per outing.  The only time NCCU and NDSU have met was back in 2007 during NCCU’s inaugural year of transitioning from Division II to Division I.

LAST FIVE VS. NDSU
11/17/07 at NDSU………. 51-104 L

MEAC TOURNAMENT THREE-PEAT
NCCU has won the MEAC Tournament for the third consecutive year, and became the first MEAC school to clinch three-straight bids since North Carolina A&T won seven consecutively from 1982-88.  The Eagles have now captured the tournament crown for the fourth time in the eight years that they have been eligible for the MEAC Tournament since transitioning to Division I.

PARTY LIKE IT’S 1989
NCCU is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its 1989 NCAA Division II National Championship, where it defeated Southeast Missouri State, 73-45, setting a record for the largest margin of victory in the title game that still stands to this day.

HISTORY REPEATS
During the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, the Eagles learned that they will face North Dakota State in the First Four.  The Eagles will meet NDSU for the first time since 2007 during NCCU’s inaugural year of competition as a Division I program.  The winner of this game moves on to face No. 1 Duke, who was NCCU’s very first Division I opponent during that 2007 campaign.

THE “SECRET GAME”, 75 YEARS LATER
If the Eagles advance, they will face Duke 75 years after the historic “Secret Game” on campus at NCCU on March 12, 1944.  During a time of heated racial segregation, the men’s basketball team from the North Carolina College for Negroes (now North Carolina Central University) competed against a squad from the Duke School of Medicine on the campus of NCCU in the first racially integrated college-level basketball game in the South.  For more information on the Secret Game, visit NCCUEaglePride.com.

DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS!
NCCU held Norfolk State to just four made field goals in the second half of the MEAC Tournament Championship, and stifled the Spartans from long range as they went 0-5 from the perimeter in the second period as well. NSU managed just 18.2 percent from the floor after the intermission, and 34 percent for the game.

CHAMPIONSHIP COMEBACK
The Eagles watched NSU make the first bucket of the second half to build a 12 point advantage, but the Eagles were able to erase it in their largest second-half comeback since it trailed by 12 at Hampton on Jan. 19, 2015 on the way to a 59-52 win.  Earlier this year, NCCU trailed McNeese State by as many as 11 in the second half, and closed the game on a 10-2 run for a 67-66 victory at home at McDougald-McLendon Arena.